Newspaper moves to metered online news

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Central Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune will charge for unlimited access to content on its website starting Dec. 1.

The newspaper said Tuesday all locally produced content will be considered premium content under the online metered subscription plan.

Online access to a maximum 10 local stories will be free each month. Reading more will require buying a subscription, which will be sold by the year, month, day or even per article.

And only online subscribers will be able to post comments.

Some online content will remain free, including weather, classified ads and Associated Press reports.

A Tribune vice president says the shift asks online readers “to share the cost” of gathering news.

Print subscribers will receive trial online subscriptions but then must pay an extra dollar each month once their current subscriptions expire.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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